change. as for volume, pretty moderate, just over 1 billion shares moving on the big board, 2 billion shares on the nasdaq. it was applications for new jobless benefits that fell more than expected last week to 385,000. now that's the third decline in the past four weeks. and the senate has approved $6 billion in spending cuts, in a bill to keep the government running for three more weeks. lawmakers say this will be the last short term measure before they strike a deal to fund uncle sam through september. still ahead tonight with cutting the massive federal deficit a priority on both sides of the aisle, tonight's commentator says what we need is a simple solution. >> susie: our guest tonight says despite the uncertainty in japan, this is a good time to buy stocks, especially shares of american companies. joining us from miami stuart schweitzer, global market strategist at jpmorgan private bank. hi, stu, nice to you have with us.